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7 January 2016

How To Detect A Leak

How To Detect A Leak

So you have a strong suspicion that you have a leak, but you don’t know where? There’s not a minute to lose. Your home or property is at risk to serious damage.


Whether you know that you have a leak or think you may have one but you’re just not sure, the best solution is to call in an expert right away. Oftentimes, homeowners notice a small leak in their home but neglect to do anything about it because, “it’s not that bad.” Whatever scenario you find yourself in, a leak anywhere in your home requires immediate attention..


How can you tell if you have a potential leak? Here are a few red flags:

  • You can hear the continuous sound of water inside your house (like a toilet running or someone left the outside spigot on) when nothing is actually turned on.

  • Your water meter reading changes when you aren't using any water. Here’s what to do: Mark the indicator on your meter; don't use any water for an hour; then check the meter. If the indicator moved, you may have a leak.

  • Your water bill is higher over a period of weeks or months. (Compare your bills month to month.) They should be fairly steady unless you filled your pool, hot tub, or are using an in-ground sprinkler system in the summer.

  • Inside, your walls or floors have wet, spongy, moist or discolored areas when nothing has been spilled on them.

  • You can smell foul odors coming from floors or walls near drains or sewers. This can be either inside or outside your home.

  • If the foundation in your home cracks, vegetation grows unevenly, or earth shifts for no apparent reason, this could be the sign of a leak under or around your home.

  • You find warm spots on your floor, particularly on a concrete slab floor. If you notice that your water pressure has been decreasing (at multiple fixtures).


A few additional tricks to finding out the cause of a leak:

  1. Get some food coloring, put a few drops into the tank in each toilet.  Wait 20 minutes and look at the water in the bowl, if it is colored – you have a leaking toilet.

  2. If you have a high water bill, look at your water meter. If no water is running in the house but the meter is spinning, turn off the main water shut off to your house,  If the meter is still spinning you have a leak somewhere between the meter and the house. This is not an emergency but should be addressed as you are wasting water.


Experiencing any of these symptoms? Don’t become another homeowner that winds up with a major problem because of a “small” leak. Give The Good Guys at Three Way Plumbing a call right away and we’ll be over to fix it in a flash!


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